What Are the Benefits of Outpatient Drug Rehab?

benefits of outpatient

Any addiction treatment program is bound to be beneficial. Those who enroll in a targeted therapy program for addiction have the opportunity to learn more about the conditions that afflict them, and with the help of therapists they can learn to make better choices for themselves and the people they love. There are some addiction programs that have specific kinds of benefits that make them just a little more appealing when compared to others.

Support from Family

In an outpatient addiction program people continue to live at home while they fight back against their addiction issues. Instead of moving into a hospital setting or a faraway clinic they sleep in their own beds, make their own meals and tend to their own households. For some people continuing to live in an environment that’s considered comfortable and familiar can be deeply reassuring. Additionally some people draw comfort from the family members they live with.

The benefits of living in a tight-knit family have been proven in multiple studies including one in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior in which researchers found that college students who had high levels of family cohesion and strong levels of family support had lower levels of depression and suicidal thoughts. Studies like this seem to suggest that close family ties lead to more robust mental health, and that could be vital for people in recovery from addiction. Continuing to live with the family could help make this happen, and outpatient care makes this possible.

Tending to Responsibilities

People with addictions may be required to deal with day-to-day responsibilities that have nothing to do with addiction such as the following:

  • Raising children
  • Holding down a job
  • Caring for aging family members
  • Attending school

Some outpatient drug rehab programs allow people to continue to deal with these responsibilities while they obtain care for their addictions. They may be able to schedule care around their work schedules or class schedules, and they may be able to access childcare while they attend support group meetings or therapy sessions. Inpatient programs can’t provide this same level of flexibility.

Learning Opportunities

Outpatient programs may allow people to stay connected and deal with other issues, but the work done in a program like this is still serious and it’s still time-consuming. People are expected to go to each and every therapy session and tackle each and every task the therapist puts before them. The work might be hard, but it can bring about big results. For example, in a study of the efficacy of outpatient addiction care in the journal European Addiction Research, 64 percent of clients were sober six months after their treatment plans had ended. Studies like this demonstrate that outpatient care has the ability to bring about real change, and that might be the best benefit of all.

If you’d like to know more about how outpatient care works, or you’d like to enroll in a program like this for your own addiction issue, please contact us. Foundations Recovery Network programs have an excellent track record of helping clients to succeed, and we’re happy to discuss our treatment philosophy with you.